Academic Year 2020-2021

Fundamentals of European Union: Institutions and Policies

This is a new course that is developed within the Erasmus + project, Jean Monnet Module ” Embracing EU Digital Agenda: Challenges and Opportunities of Digital Transformation in Albania”, with Dr. Erjon Curraj at the Professional College of Tirana.

Fundamentals of the European Union: Institutions and policies is a new course in the curricula of the Professional College of Tirana and a further important step towards internationalization and mobility;

 

The course is designed for students who have no prior knowledge on EU.

This course will provide access and understanding on the European Union, EU institutions, decision-making and policy, digital Europe, European integration with a special approach to Albania and the Western Balkan countries. The course is designed specifically for students who have no prior knowledge of the EU. In this way, this course will introduce for the first-time students to the EU, literature on the EU and encourage them to analytically think about EU.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

 

  • provide general knowledge about the European Union, its institutions and policies, starting with a concise approach to EU history, from 6 to 27 member states;
  • to enable students to understand the integration process of Albania;
  • to enable students to understand the digitalization and innovation policies of the EU as well as the Western Balkans and then Albania;
  • to promote critical thinking and practical work on skills needed in the labor market upon the start of negotiations;

MAIN CONCEPTS:

 

 

  • European Union, the beginnings, development and future;
  • EU institutions: Commission, Council, Parliament;
  • European Integration / Integration of Albania, from 1991 – the first diplomatic relations Albania-EEC were established, in 2003 the opening of negotiations, the official status of the candidate country, etc.
  • Western Balkans;
  • Digital Strategy for the Western Balkans;
  • Digitalization and digital capabilities

Syllabus in English can be found here

Syllabus in Albanian can be found here.

Academic Year
2020-2021

Jean Monnet Open Lecture: Youth and European Integration

During the first semester of the Jean Monnet course “Fundamentals of European Union: Institutions and Policies”, an open lecture was organised focused on youth and the European Integration. This open lecture was organised on 22nd January 2021 at Professional College of Tirana in compliance with anti-COVID19 measures in place in higher education in Albania at that time. 

Dr. Erjon Curraj invited to esteemed guests to discuss the youth perspectives and opportunities in the European integration process: Gentian Elezi, PhD and Erida Curraj, PhD with research and professional experience in the European integration process of Albania and particularly on youth. 

Gentian Elezi, PhD, Lecturer at the Institute of European Studies also former Deputy Minister for European Integration and a senior expert in EU policies and integration highlighted the key dimensions of the integration process for Albania. Erida Curraj, PhD, at the time Programme Officer at the National Erasmus+ Office in Albania and with experience in youth projects highlighted the Erasmus+ opportunities for Albanian youth. 

Dr. Erjon Curraj and Dr. Diana Biba facilitated then a discussions with the students and other lecturers attending the event. At the end, students expressed their interests for organisations of similar events in the future.

Open Lecture Agenda with Gentian Elezi, PhD and Erida Curraj, PhD can be downloaded here

 

 

Gentian Elezi, PhD Open Lecture Presentation can be downloaded here

Research to business cooperation for digital transformation in Albania

 

In the process of a digital era where technology infuses every facet of business, digital transformation emerges as a pivotal force, redefining the core operations and value delivery of organizations. This metamorphosis transcends mere technological adoption, instigating a cultural shift that nudges companies to disrupt the norm and seek innovative alternatives constantly. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated this imperative across industries, intensifying the focus on digital integration which was already becoming indispensable in the workforce. The European Commission’s Digital Compass, unveiled on 9 March 2021, charts Europe’s course towards a digital transformation by 2030, navigating through the domains of skills, business, infrastructure, and government, and fortifying EU values in the digital realm through a set of guiding principles.

https://digitalbania.eu/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/EC_JeanMonnet_Researchtobusiness_Publication.pdfIn the process of a digital era where technology infuses every facet of business, digital transformation emerges as a pivotal force, redefining the core operations and value delivery of organizations. This metamorphosis transcends mere technological adoption, instigating a cultural shift that nudges companies to disrupt the norm and seek innovative alternatives constantly. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated this imperative across industries, intensifying the focus on digital integration which was already becoming indispensable in the workforce. The European Commission’s Digital Compass, unveiled on 9 March 2021, charts Europe’s course towards a digital transformation by 2030, navigating through the domains of skills, business, infrastructure, and government, and fortifying EU values in the digital realm through a set of guiding principles.

This transformation is intricately connected to research—social sciences included—which reaffirms its significance in an age where Artificial Intelligence reshapes business practices and societal grand challenges like the post-pandemic recovery, climate change, and the energy crisis loom large. Addressing these multifaceted issues necessitates an understanding of cultural and behavioural dynamics. For the private sector, rapidly adapting to these shifts is crucial for sustaining profitability and growth.

Albania’s private sector contends with its own set of challenges as it strives to align with global advancements while grappling with internal hurdles such as political instability, institutional fragility, corruption, and a volatile regulatory environment, all amidst its quest for EU integration. Agility and foresight become indispensable for businesses to navigate these turbulent waters, to develop resilient and competitive strategies, and to effectively influence policy-making.

In light of these complexities, this study delves into the synergies between research and business within Albania, aiming to pinpoint thematic avenues for collaboration that capitalize on the imperatives of digital transformation. It identifies critical intervention points where joint projects could yield tangible benefits. Drawing from a comprehensive study examining the interplay between social science research and the Albanian private sector—employing methods like structured online surveys, focus groups, and in-depth interviews, along with document analysis and secondary data—the report lays out key findings and actionable recommendations.

This report is authored by Dr. Erjon Curraj and produced in the framework of the Jean Monnet Module “Embracing EU Digital Agenda: Challenges and Opportunities of Digital Transformation in Albania” / (EDA), funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union with the project N° 620012-EPP-1-2020-1-AL-EPPJMO-MODULE. The Jean Monnet Module grant holder is Dr. Erjon Curraj and the higher education institution is Professional College of Tirana. 

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